Presidential debates for SGA

BY ADAM BOURGAULT – DIGITAL MEDIA EDITOR

This year’s elections for the Student Government Association’s executive committee will be taking inspiration from the current political debates occuring across the country.

This year’s elections for SGA president, vice president, secretary and treasurer will feature debates between the candidates on Monday, March 21.

On Tuesday, March 22, an email will be sent to all students with a link to the student voting booth. Students will have until Wednesday, March 23 at 11:59 p.m. to cast their votes for their chosen candidates, according to senior SGA Parliamentarian Bethany Slear and senior SGA President Madison Summers.

“Given the exciting political nature of this year with the upcoming elections, we thought that this would be a good way to tie in campus involvement as the entire student body votes on these positions,” Summers said.

“It will be during the SGA meeting [on Monday night]. We’ll set aside time for the candidates to come in and not only make their speeches there but then have the presidential debate between the candidates,” Slear said. “We’ll be moving to Isaacs Auditorium instead of our weekly meeting in Seibert 108 at 7 p.m.”

Students who are unable to attend the debate will still be able to hear the arguments, Summers said. “We’re hoping to fill the auditorium by advertising it… We’re also planning to film the debate and it will be uploaded so that anyone can watch the debate, even if they can’t attend.”

In regards to SGA’s current constitution, Summers said, “We are currently in the process or re-doing our constitution, which hasn’t been really redone since the 1970s.” Changes will include the structure of the body of SGA to get a better sense of the campus climate and the voices and concerns of all students.

Slear said the constitution changes are meant to increase transparency and encourage student involvement. “The major focus is we’re trying to get more voices to be heard with less people in the room,” Slear said.

Slear added that the changes will allow clubs better representation, as well as unaligned students through their class officers and representatives.

Summers said: “Right now, the senators have randomly assigned constituents, and they probably have 150 students each. There is not as much communication as we would like. So we’re hoping this new model will let senators better represent their constituents.”

The new constitution will be voted on during SGA’s meeting on March 28. If the new constitution is passed by the SGA body, it will then be sent to the entire student body to vote on, according to Summers.

Summers said: “I want to encourage students, if they have a half hour or hour of their time on Monday night to come out, it’s important to be involved in who is representing you. Also, keep an eye out for the constitution, which will be advertised.”